Audrey Pavia

Award-winning writer and editor Audrey Pavia is a former managing editor at Dog Fancy magazine and former senior editor of The AKC Gazette. Author of The Labrador Retriever Handbook, she has written extensively on horses as well as other pets. She shares her home with Pittie mixes Mookie and Winnie. More at audreypavia.com.

Dog Safety Tips For the Fall Season (2024 Guide for Puppies, Adult, & Senior Canines)

Fall is here, and Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner. That’s good news if you’re a dog owner, because you and your dog can have lots of fun during these cool-weather holidays. First on the calendar is Halloween. Every October 31, my Corgi, Nigel, wore a pumpkin costume and helped me hand out candy

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How Old is 12 in Dog Years? A Guide to Each Size of Dog

The old adage of “one year of a human’s life is equal to seven years in a dog’s life” is all wrong. Dogs mature more quickly than humans, so a simple one-to-
seven calculation just isn’t accurate. The truth is that when your dog hits the age of 12 years, he has reached the equivalent of 64 human years if he’s a small dog (20 pounds or less); 69 human years if he’s a medium dog (21 to 50 pounds); and 77 human years if he’s a large dog (more than 50 pounds).

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Sirius and Mercury: The Unlikely Friendship Between a Dog and a Miniature Horse

As far back as ancient Rome, dogs were used to guard farm animals from wolves and other predators. Centuries later, the descendants of those dogs are still hard at work. Called the Maremma Sheepdog, this Italian livestock guardian breed is particularly good at taking care of sheep and goats. Here in the U.S., Maremmas care

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How to Prevent Dog Teeth Problems at Every Stage of Your Canine’s Life

Dog teeth problems — they’re not something you want for your dog. But what can you do to prevent them? Dogs can suffer from a variety of dental diseases and issues at their different life stages. By keeping an eye on your dog’s teeth, you can head some of these problems off and even prevent some from happening. Let’s

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5 Puppy Diseases and Conditions You Need to Know About

Puppies are the epitome of youth. Full of vim and vigor, they exude joy and energy in everything they do. Unfortunately, it’s their very youth that makes puppies susceptible to certain conditions that may be life-threatening. An immature immune system, lack of life experience and judgment, and bad genetics can all add up to puppy diseases

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How to Take Care of Your Dog’s Hair: From Puppyhood Through Their Senior Years

My white Australian Shepherd mix, Candy, throws hair like nothing I’ve ever seen. Brushing her daily certainly helps, but it doesn’t solve the problem. We constantly find little white balls of Candy fur in corners of the room. If this sounds familiar, you probably live with a dog who sheds. And no matter how much you

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How to Hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) With a Dog: 4 Helpful Tips

In Wild, the Oscar-nominated movie starring Reese Witherspoon, the character Cheryl Strayed finds her inner strength while hiking alone from California to Washington on the Pacific Crest Trail. Anyone familiar with this historic stretch of trail understands why. Its beauty is matched only by the strength and endurance needed to traverse it. But that’s only

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What You Need to Know If Your Dog Gets Diagnosed With Cancer

A diagnosis of cancer in your dog can you leave you scared and confused. Once you’ve had time to digest the bad news, you’ll need to make some decisions for your dog. The following information can guide you. The doctor: It’s likely a small-animal veterinarian diagnosed your dog’s cancer. But should you pursue treatment with a specialist?

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